Monday, December 31, 2007

Fr. Stephen on The Nature of Things

Fr. Stephen Freeman is always good, but this post is exceptional.

An except:

1. It is the nature of things that man does not have a legal problem with God. That is to say, the nature of our problem is not forensic. The universe is not a law-court.

2. It is the nature of things that Christ did not come to make bad men good, but to make dead men live. This is to say that the nature of our problem is not moral but existential or ontological. We have a problem that is rooted in the very nature of our existence, not in our behavior. We behave badly because of a prior problem. Good behavior will not correct the problem.


3. It is the nature of things that human beings were created to live through communion with God. We were not created to live as self-sufficient individuals marked largely by our capacity for choice and decision. To restate this: we are creatures of communion, not creatures of consumption.

By all means, read the article.

1 comment:

Death Bredon said...

Brilliant exposition. Just what good-faith "Latin" Christians need to hear! Authentic "Greek" Christian witness!